Archive for tag: Inspiring Scotland Funds

See what is right, not what is wrong

Isobel Grigor

Our latest guest blogger is Isobel Grigor, Chief Executive of Calman Trust, a 14:19 Fund Venture, based in Inverness, covering the Highlands.  Calman Trust offers housing support, training and employment opportunities to young people looking to get on the road to independent living.  It also has grown to operate three successful, and award winning, social enterprises.  

Isobel takes a commercial view on running social enterprise and dismisses it as being a fluffy business.  More importantly, Isobel reminds us all we shouldn't start by looking at what's wrong with young people. Isobel first wrote this blog for Calman Trust's website but we felt it was too good not to share! 

An outstanding few days for play


Julia Abel, Go2Play Performance Advisor writes about a really important week for one of our funds - Go2Play.

Five years of investing in play was celebrated last week by returning to the venue (The Scottish Youth Theatre) where Inspiring Scotland launched its play fund in partnership with the Scottish Government. 

How droochit folk could influence public sector investment


Andrew Magaowan, shares how our Link Up fund is helping to break down barriers between old and young in communites and outlines the potential for a new type of community to improve lives.  This blog was first published in the Scotsman newspaper on 28th August 2014.  

The serious business of play.


Earlier this month we welcomed seven new ventures to our Go2Play Portfolio, bringing the total charities we support to 30.  We’ve been funding play charities for over four years now and Go2Play Performance Advisor, Julia Abel explains  just why we invest in Play.

Equally Well Review 2013

The need for a renewed focus on the development of social capital to tackle health inequalities in Scotland was recognised in a new Scottish Government report published today, 13 March 2014, equally well review 2013.  

We were delighted the Taskforce also chose to include a short case study on Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme as an example of best practice in this area.  Here's our short reflection on why Link Up is in the report.  

The enormity of it all. Change is possible


Performance Advisor, Andrew Magowan, writes the first in a series of blogs 'Change is possible' about  Link Up, the asset based programme we've been piloting over the past three years.  Read the full blog here